Health care professionals (HCPs) and their role in achieving MDGs 4 & 5: Multi-country workshops

The role of HCPs

Nurse with young mother and baby

Health care professionals, along with their national and international affiliates, play a significant role in the advancement of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). Health care providers who have experience working on the front line are often placed in the unique position of educating, training and preparing the environment for change in addition to influencing national health care policy.

Communication, collaboration and cooperation among health care professionals across the spectrum, as well as their alliance with UN, NGO and donor organizations, is essential for two important reasons:

  • Collective action is more effective than effort from any one group alone;
  • Collective advocacy garners greater attention and support for a common vision: "To accelerate improvement in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health".

In August 2006, the Health Care Professional (HCP) Associations affiliated with PMNCH came together for an initial meeting in Geneva. One result from that meeting was the "Health Care Professional Association Joint Statement", issued in September 2006, to guide HCPs in their efforts to work with key stakeholders on issues of advocacy, capacity development, and implementation of health policies at country level and their work to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals 4 & 5. (Please find the Statement below, and on the Key Document link to the right.)

Among the challenges discussed was the need to clarify and strengthen the role of HCP Associations at country level. This need was echoed during the 2007 PMNCH Partners' Forum, in the World Health Report 2006, “Working together for health” and several other meetings and documents, including the Multi-country Forum on Engaging the Private Sector in Child Health (in Africa), held in Munyonyo, Uganda in November 2005.

PMNCH - HCP Regional multi-country Workshops

In this context, The Partnership Secretariat, with guidance from an HCP Workshops Advisory Group, has been organizing a series of multi-country workshops. The workshops have worked to bring together representatives from national professional associations involved in service delivery and public sector representatives to establish a common vision and identify practical means by which HCP Associations can maximize their contribution to national MNCH policies and programmes.

Please find more information about each regional and/or national workshop on the links found on the right hand side of this page. Also on the final 'Key documents' link, please find Regional Meeting Reports and key documents including the PMNCH-HCP Joint Statement and HCP Pamphlet: The Role of Health Care Professionals in PMNCH, available in English and French.

HCP Joint Statement